How to Say SH & Teaching Cues

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How To Say SH

To learn how to make the SH sound we must know what each articulator (tongue, lips, teeth, breath, jaw, and voice) does.

Tongue: The tongue plays an important role. The sides of the tongue rest on the top, back molars. The tongue is raised and the middle part of the tongue is pressed against the roof of the mouth. Say “sh” and feel where your tongue is now.

Lips: The lips are important too. They are rounded like an "O." Say “sh” again and feel/look at what the lips do.

Teeth: The teeth have a VERY SLIGHT gap to allow for airflow. 

Jaw: The jaw must be up and centered.

Breath: Airflow is continuous. It does not stop.

Voice: “SH” is a voiceless sound which means the voice box is turned off.  Say “sh” while touching your throat. If you don't feel anything, you are doing it right.

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How to use this section:

I will introduce all cues that I find helpful. Please read and become familiar with each one. You will not use all of them. Instead, when you are ready to start practicing, you will try a few and figure out which ones are most helpful for your child. Most likely, you will use a combination of a few. Please refer back to this section as needed!

Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for SH.


  1. Pretend to sneeze 
  2. Make a "choo choo" hand motion
  3. Hit hand on palm to encourage child to say “ch” louder and/or shorter (this cue is helpful if your child says “sh” as in “sheep” for “ch.”


  1. Say “train sound"
  2. Say “sneeze sound"
  3. Say “shorter" (if “ch’” sounds like “sh”)
  4. Say “good ‘ch’ sound"
  5. Say "round lips"


  1. Gently press up behind your child's chin to raise tongue up

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say SH and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach SH to start practicing with your child. 

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